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March Violets (Bernie Gunther, eAkntry in women s fiction The cover however is lovely and if you count colonial Ceylon as a character the story has one good one I never thought that with a few classic Zoete tranen exceptions I would read historical fiction willingly That was until I saw the beautiful cover of this book and wanted to know I read thexcerpt and wanted to read the bookDinah Jefferies writing completely transported my imagination to Ceylon in 1935The book tells the story of Louisa Reeve the daughter of a British gem trader and her husband Elliot a charming businessman her relationship with her husband appears perfect but as we all know looks can be deceiving and so can husbandsI thoroughly Water Music enjoyed this book I completely left my comfort zone and feel that I was rewarded with finding such a well written tale I was given a copy of this book by the Publisher and NetGalley inxchange for an honest review I only received a proof of this today but luckily it s been one of those days where I ve been travelling and waiting around a bit so plenty of tim Louisa Reeve had been happily married to her husband Elliot for twelve years the only problems being her miscarriages plus the stillbirth of their daughter ight years prior Elliot was often absent from their home with business meetings in Columbo and working at the nearby cinnamon plantation where he held shares But Louisa missed him and although she tried not to she worried of a reoccurrence to their problems of twelve months priorWhile Elliot s sudden and unexpected death shocked her to the core and drove her into depths of grief she d not ncountered before it was the discoveries Louisa made about her husband s life which tore at her Did she Student Research Projects in Calculus even know her husband at all Her visit to Cinnamon Hills tonuire about Elliot s shares opened her yes ven further Could Louisa unravel the complexity of Elliot s lies and betrayal Did she want to know the answersBeautifully written The Sapphire Widow is another outstanding historical fiction novel set in Ceylon in 1935 by Dinah Jefferies I thoroughly Love for Imperfect Things enjoy this author s work she is fast becoming a favourite Complex and poignant the artfully written words immediately transported me to the streets of Ceylon Iasily smelled the scents of cinnamon and saw the fireflies darting in the darkness Dinah Jefferies colourful writing flows A Heart of Stone effortlessly The Sapphire Widow was such a pleasure to read Highly recommendedWith thanks to Penguin UK via NetGalley for my digital uncorrected proof ARC to read and review The year is 1935 Ceylon which is what it was known as before their independence It is now known as the island nation of Sri Lanka There is ceylon tea grown in this lushtropical area The rain falls abundantly there and it s perfect for growing cinnamon there Louisa Reeve and her husband have struggled for years to have a child Miscarriages and a still birth have left her devastated and have taken a real toll on her marriage Elliot her husband has been increasingly absent from home His wife s sadness has taken a toll on him as well and he spends much time at a nearby plantation he s invested in Cinnamon Hills On the night a large party is thrown at their house he is very late and a police officer brings the devastating news her husband has been in a fatal car accident Louisa s life is left in ruins when she discovers he has ruined them financially after borrowing a large sum of money from her and she has no idea where it s gone When other devastating secrets are revealed she discovers the man she married has been a true stranger to her and not who she thought he was at all The scent of cinnamon in the humid air along with the lush foliage will draw you into this hauntingly beautiful book as you try to solve who Luisa s husband really is and it will keep you reading Wonderfulwonderful historical book I absolutely can not wait to read by this author This is a real winnerPub Date 14 Aug 2018 I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Crown Publishing though NetGalley Thank you All opinionsxpressed are my own Hey ForeverBookers I ve just finished perhaps my favourite standalone novel EVER I don t love standalone novels because I often think they re over too uickly but this one although it did still leave me wanting it had a great and packed story I often think that standalones are a waste of time because I m only just getting invested when I ve finished However that wasn t the case with The Sapphire Widow by Dinah Jeffries It s also published as The Tea Planter case with The Sapphire Widow by Dinah Jeffries It s also published as The Tea Planter Secret by the same author and is sooooooo good It s an adult historical fiction set in 1935 While the novel did go FAR beyond my xpectations there were still a couple of things that I would have liked added to the plot 5 STARSI read The Sapphire Widow for many readathons again Reading Rivalry Book featuring a taboo subject Betrayal and lying Fiction Feud Society for the game of Clue Knife thrillermystery It s a mystery in that we get a big reveal and are trying to work out how that happened Litwits Forbidden Love I d say that there are two forbidden loves Literary Love Affair Trees On The Cover On all versions of this book I believe there are trees on the cover according to Goodreads anyway there are trees on the cover according to Goodreads anyway a thon This is my own little readathon where I m trying to get through as many arcs as I can in the month of March This is my second and it s still only 8th March I hope to read at least 5 arcs Wish me luckThere are SO many areas to the plot so if I don t arcs Wish me luckThere are SO many areas to the plot so if I don t them all sorry Just know that it s still an amazing story that I think anyone can find something in whether it s purely for njoyment another book to add to your Goodreads Read stack or hope I however wouldn t advise this for anyone struggling through the loss of a baby or maybe Language and Linguistics even wanting a baby soooo much as that s what our main character Louisa struggles with throughout She s had. Like the couple who have it all Except what they long for than anything a childWhile Louisa struggles with miscarriages Elliot is increasingly absent spending much of his time at a nearby cinnamon plantation overlooking the Indian ocean After his sudden death Louisa is left alone to solve the myst. Oh my the story cover says a story of love and betrayal included and my word both were heavily included What an action packed historical fiction novel that completely surprised me andxceeded my Divertimento expectations At my local library I was one of the first in line to borrow a copy since I followed the book club run by Richard and Judy Set in the year 1935 in Ceylon young woman Louisa Reeve lives with her husband Elliot and is the daughter of a gem trader with multiple successes There is just one downside to her world Not having a child After another miscarriage Louisa notices that her husband is spending less time with her and heading to a plantation next to the Indian Ocean Suddenly Elliot dies in an accident but leaves uestions than answers Over the course of the novel Louisa is left to pick up the pieces but in doing sonds up unlocking hidden secrets that shattered Love Is a Fairy Tale everything she thought that she knew about her husband I really liked the plotline and the amount of both love and betrayal that played a huge role It kept me reading on to the conclusion which I liked Trigger warning for an animal death about 34 of the way in The pacing did move a little slow for me personally and at times I did struggle visually with the surroundings There is something about Dinah s writing that really captivated meven with the slow pacing I look forward to reading novels about this author I would actually recommend this book to new readers of historical fiction as well as those who love their novels set in great locations and with a hint of mystery There was one chapter in particular that gave me Agatha Christie Poirot vibes and those novels are some of my personal favourites to read The Sapphire Widow is another mesmerising story from Dinah Jefferies Set in Ceylon in 1935 it s a beautifully written and Promise at Dawn evocative story of love betrayal and hope For those that have read The Tea Planter s Wife some familiar faces return I was delighted to meet up again with Laurence and Gwen HooperLouisa Reeve has a privileged life living in a grand is such a charmer and always living for that adrenalin rush I really felt for his sister Margo always living in his shadow and trying to get noticed His secrets bring nothing but heartache for not only Louisa but both of their familiesI loved Louisa from the beginning Despite living with her sadness shadowing her life she is optimistic and open to change Always there to support Elliot she has to re think many things after his death Shock after shock had me tense and anxious waiting for a resolution Twisting my stomach and making me want to hi The best thing about this latest book by Jefferies is the time and setting 1935 Ceylon now Sri Lanka The author does a very good job of describing the country s flora and fauna weather geography foodtc so you can almost picture the place in your mind In addition we have the opportunity here to meet up again with Gwen and Laurence Hooper main characters of THE TEA PLANTER S WIFE who make cameo Appearances Here Gwen Actually Makes here Gwen actually makes cameos nough to be considered a secondary character in this bookHowever neither characters nor plot nor dialogue interested me much There s such a lack of depth to the people and the story and I found the dialogue often to be awkwardly written Even when the author is trying to have the characters interact meaningfully mostly what they do is spout platitudes ach other superficial psychobabble or just boring vapidity It was hard to like anyone or care about their fates since hard to like anyone or care about their fates since they about as dimensional as paper dollsAs for the plot it centers around Louisa Reeve the Sapphire Widow of the book s title In 1935 she has been married for than a decade to dashing charming handsome Elliot They have tried for a family for years with tragic results miscarriages and a stillbirth Elliot has become a sometimes distant often absent husband and Louisa Bangkok Wakes to Rain enables him by not calling him on his behavior and in addition continuing to supply him with funds since she and her father with their gem cutting business hold the purse stringsWhen Elliot dies unexpectedly his secret life is revealed both of a financial nature with gambling debts and shady business dealings and of a personal with the ultimate betrayal of a secret mistress and child So the story finds Louisa trying to cope with all this There is an inadeuately developed mystery of missing funds and some shady characters running around popping up now and again to do shady things in addition to Louisa s dealings with in laws Elliot s mistress and child and Leo owner of the nearby cinnamon plantation which Elliot often visited and who is the mistress s cousinBut here s the problem I didn t care About anything Or anyone Well I disliked Elliot because he was a horrid husband but I couldn t really sympathize with Louisa because she was such a dishrag of a woman As for the other characters the mother in law was a caricature ish witch Louisa s father and father in law were nonentities the sister in law was just Louisa s clone the mistress was a weak willed self absorbed puzzle and Louisa s new love was a boring do nothing who SPOILERISH comments to follow didn tven take appropriate action when his cousin the mistress needed medical attention and The Right Sort of Man (Sparks Bainbridge Mystery emotional support Instead his inaction led to her unnecessary death And then what does he do but delegate much of the care of Elliot s illegitimate child to Louisa because he s so busy with his cinnamon End of SPOILERISH commentsThe descriptive passages about the country were good but the story itself was sketchily developed almost like a rough draft The mystery about Elliot fell flat because of this Even the newly developing love connection for Louisa felt contrived and unconvincing I was disappointed by this new book by Jefferies It s notven half as good as THE TEA PLANTER S WIFE This is a we. A sweeping breath taking story of love and betrayal from the Number One Sunday Times bestselling author of The Tea Planter's WifeAlso called The Sapphire WidowCeylon 1935 Louisa Reeve the daughter of a successful British gem trader and her husband Elliot a charming thrill seeking businessman seem. Many failed pregnancies and a daughter that dies after child birth before the story begins Louisa lives in historical Galle Ceylon in Sri Lanka She s a well off English immigrant She lives out there with her husband Elliot and her father Christopher These characters play big Darkmere enough roles in the story but it s mainly focused on Louisa The novel is written in third person narrative which I didn t mind so much this time I think it s because we can see into theyes of other characters which in other third person novels that I ve read we don t need to see Here we do to really get a grip of the Et si la maladie n'tait pas un hasard ? events The Sapphire Widow is really about accepting that with support you can overcome anything just by changing the way you view the world and people around you and that nothing should stop you from trying to do what you want NOTE This is an adult novel as itxplores the stigma surrounding women who can t have children for one reason or another There are love scenes too that are spread out over the novel There is a story that s to do with death of a loved one as well as racism too The novel is historical so that is to be Den of Shadows (Gamblers Den expected Spoilers below Even after twelve years of marriage she still thought him a truly handsome man This is what Louisa thinks of her husband Elliot at the beginning of The Sapphire Widow What she doesn t realise at this point is the giant secret he s been keeping for years When had she died Before or during the birth itself To be born without life What did it mean These were the uestions still haunting her Here Louisa is recollecting the birth of her and Elliot s daughter Julia and her uick death after birth She doesn t think it s fair which of course it isn t All Louisa wants is a baby of her own After this and her other miscarriages is this really too much to ask she uestions This is why what Elliot has done hurts so much too As to what he s done he s already got a seven year old son Conor When Louisa finds this out she s shocked beyond all belief How dare he have a child with someonelse she thinks Maybe next time I ll come with you A trip away just the two of us He didn t reply Elliot doesn t want her to come with him because she ll discover his secret Elliot knew about Conor it s revealed in the second half of The Sapphire Widow He writes a letter to Zinnia Conor s mother that he never sent which Louisa discovers after his death It Scraps Of The Untainted Sky explains his love for her and that he wants to be with her instead of Louisa When Louisa is told by Leo our other main character that he knew about Conor because he s Zinnia s cousin she s shocked But danger was Elliot s addiction alludes to how nothing scares Elliot He dies uitearly on in the novel I believe that he is the Sapphire Trader in one of the titles as it s him that has the huge secret He dies in a car accident we learn in the first half of the story We don t ver uncover why he died though That doesn t really matter to the overall plot but it would have been nice to know Was it his debts Was it his other Relationships That Are Also Hinted At We Just Don T that are also hinted at We just don t Maybe we re to come to our own conclusionI believe that The Sapphire Widow T Is A Book About Moving t is a book about moving and about finding love again The romantic lements were my favourite parts of the plot I loved Leo Louisa s partner after the death of Elliot Something about the intense darkness of his Huguenot Prophecy and Clandestine Worship in the Eighteenth Century eyes unsettled her When Leo is introduced he s a bit of a recluse because he lives at a tea plantation and doesn t see many people day in day out This is what Louisa is referring to when she says hisyes unsettle her I believe He s just not used to people This is when Elliot is showing Louisa the plantation The only people that Leo sees are Zinnia and Conor his family both of whom I mentioned above But He Doesn T Spend A Lot Of Time With he doesn t spend a lot of time with at first It s Leo that tells Louisa of Elliot s affair after his death as he thinks she deserves to know I received a free digital copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalleyThis is a historical fiction novel set in Ceylon in 1935 and follows a young married couple called Louisa and Elliot They have a rocky marriage at times as Louisa is struggling to carry a child having had many miscarriages and Elliot has gambling and drink problems Louisa couldn t have predicted just what Fashion Design Course else her husband was hiding from her though His death in a car crash when he should have actually been sailing opens Louisa syes and leads her to uestion how well she Aeralis (The Frost Chronicles, ever really knew her husband at allI love how Dinah Jefferies spins mini mysteries into her historical fictions I love historical fictions andnjoy the settings and the descriptions in Alternatives Chapter 2 (The Chronos Files; The Shattered Saga every single book she writes The mysteries really help pull me into the stories too though This mystery was noxception and Elliot was uite the piece of work I would never have predicted the mess that he left Louisa in which led to many twists and turns My mind did go a little into disappointed overdrive though as I kept over complicating my guesses as to what would happen as the novel went on This did lead to some disappointment from me on that front as things were much simpler than what my mind had createdI did find parts of this story dragged a little Once I had got past the initial introduction to the book become settled down in the time period and surroundings and the initial mystery started the plot took a bit of a dip for me At times I had to force myself along with the story This only lasted for around ten percent of the book though Then things really started to heat up again as the true measure of just how terrible a person Elliot had been really came to lightI love Dinah Jefferies writing and I can t wait to get stuck into of her wonderful settings and mysteries I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to read a historical fiction set somewhere totally uniue and njoys mysteries too. Ery he left behind Revisiting the plantation at Cinnamon Hills she finds herself unexpectedly drawn towards the owner Leo a rugged outdoors man with a cheuered past The plantation casts a spell but all is not as it seems And when Elliot's shocking betrayal is revealed Louisa has only Leo to turn


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